DUBLIN - Ireland is considering additional restrictions on non-essential travel as the international situation becomes more "volatile", Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said in a radio interview.

"We're introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence, and we're examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel," the minister told Ireland's RTE Radio.

Ireland currently advises against non-essential international travel.

It has a "green list" of 15 countries that people can go to without having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.

Mr Donnelly's comments come amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Ireland and other European countries in recent days.

Ireland has reported more than 26,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,700 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.(FA)